"I just got forecheck and he little turn and it’s maybe a little my fault that little jump but it’s emotions and it’s the game."
— Edmonton Oil Kings forward / Edmonton Oilers draft pick Kristians Pelss last Friday, just a few minutes of real time after his hit from behind late in the third period that had earned him five and a game. Today word came down that Pelss was suspended three games
for this action.
I saw the hit and thought other buddy (whose name escapes me at the moment) had turned away just as Pelss arrived, maximizing the severity of the impact. It was nonetheless a reckless hit well worthy of the major and misconduct, and I wasn't surprised when Red Deer's Chad Robinson instigated an immediate fight with Pelss (who fared rather well, all things considered). I'm slightly surprised that he got as many as three additional games, I thought maybe one at most although I am not that familiar with the relative severity of league discipline in the WHL.